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Policing in these extraordinary circumstances can be more stressful than normal. We’re seeing officers exposed to more deaths and experiencing anxiety around their own exposure to the virus. In addition the loss of family income, or working longer hours to cover for ill or self-isolating colleagues can be a source of added stress.
Dr Jess Miller, Director of Research at Police Care UK, spoke to Vice Chair Ché Donald about the challenges officers are facing during this unprecedented time and offered some advice and support along with some practical techniques of how to manage stress and anxiety.
The Federation's Welfare Support Programme (WSP) helpline is available 24-hour, 365 days a year. Federation reps can self refer or refer members to speak to professionals trained in police discipline, Post Incident Procedures and mental health first aid. They are here to listen and help you get the support you need. In addition, the WSP is also available for family members of officers entered onto the programme:
Along with the Welfare Support Programme there are a number of organisations who offer health and well-being support. You can find links to these on our health and well-being support page. There is also a wealth of information being sent out in our weekly bulletins and if you need someone to talk to please don't suffer in silence, you are not alone and help is out there.